Locating Scientific Citizenship: The Institutional Contexts and Cultures of Public Engagement

TitleLocating Scientific Citizenship: The Institutional Contexts and Cultures of Public Engagement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBickerstaff, K, Lorenzoni, I, Jones, M, Pidgeon, N
JournalScience, Technology & Human Values
Volume35
Issue4
Pagination474-500
Date Published07/2010
Publication Languageeng
AbstractIn this article, the authors explore the institutional negotiation of public engagement in matters of science and technology by looking at the example of the Science in Society dialogue program initiated by the UK’s Royal Society, but set this case within the wider experience of the public engagement activities of a range of charities, corporations, governmental departments, and scientific institutions. The novelty of the analysis lies in the linking of an account of the dialogue event and its outcomes to the values, practices, and imperatives—the institutional rationality—of the commissioning organization. The authors argue that the often tacit institutional construction of scientific citizenship is a critical, and relatively undeveloped, element of analysis—one that offers considerable insight into the practice and democratic implications of engaging publics in science and science policy.
DOI10.1177/0162243909345835
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